Wonk wonk. Poorly written, sexist, weirdly blatantly racist, unbelievable but predictable at the same time. If I'd had anything else to read I would hWonk wonk. Poorly written, sexist, weirdly blatantly racist, unbelievable but predictable at the same time. If I'd had anything else to read I would have ditched it. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators were fine....more
I am an enormous fan of Flavia! Part of my enjoyment of the series thus far has been due to the setting, Bishop's LaThank you Net Galley for the ARC.
I am an enormous fan of Flavia! Part of my enjoyment of the series thus far has been due to the setting, Bishop's Lacey & Buckshaw, as well as the stellar line up of supporting characters. This book leaves all those behind, and though I definitely missed Dogger and Gladys (my two favorite characters ☺) I was glad for Flavia to have an adventure away from home.
I'm sure 100 others have covered the plot, so I'll leave that to them. Here's a question though: does Flavia's family really hate her? All along I've held the faith that her sisters secretly appreciate her, or that her father would come out of his shell and show some affection, but dang, they didn't even send her a letter at school! Get it together, de Luces. Flavia is the boss, dude. Recognize. You too, Antigone.
One really satisfying thing about a Flavia mystery is that you really feel like you're participating in what's going on from her point of view. You don't know things that she couldn't know and there aren't really obvious clues dropped on her. I definitely felt some real angst about not being home at Buckshaw, not having a chemistry lab to hide in in the same way that Flavia did in the story.
Well done, and I look forward to Flavia's triumphant return home....more
I mean... I liked it. It was enjoyable reading. I liked the style, even the switching back and forth between narrators/time periods didn't drive me crI mean... I liked it. It was enjoyable reading. I liked the style, even the switching back and forth between narrators/time periods didn't drive me crazy like it sometimes does. My problem is all plot-related--I don't think the stakes were quite high enough to justify everyone staying in the game. I liked the Game Soc thing that was going on, but what did it really come to? I read this ARC through Netgalley and I hope there's still some editing/tightening up to do....more
While I was reading this short novel, I got caught up in the lovely prose and the vaguely stream-of-consciousness style. There is a lot of emotion herWhile I was reading this short novel, I got caught up in the lovely prose and the vaguely stream-of-consciousness style. There is a lot of emotion here, if not a ton of story.
After finishing it and thinking about it a lot, though, I'm a left a little wanting. The three main characters--Bartle, Murph and Sterling--end up as vague sketches. Though, I guess, in a way, that's the point. Bartle reflects on how little he really knew Murph and how Sterling has certain traits he projects, but seems to be something else entirely. Saving Private Ryan comes to mind--how the crew would have never guessed that Tom Hanks was a schoolteacher in his "real" life. But Iraq is not WWII, and the circumstances surrounding why we as a country and they, as enlisted men with their own reasons for joining up, are even there, are staggering in their contrast an impossible not to consider, though the book is not overtly political.
The author is a poet, and I don't really get poetry. While I appreciated his ability to place me into the fog of modern war, I can't help but feel like so much could have been clarified for the sake of an understandable plot. What did Sterling do to the body in the orchard that they left behind? What was the deal with Bartle's letter to Murph's mom? Did he explain at the prison what happened with Murph, and why he and Sterling did what they did? It seemed to me that what they did was a mercy. Well, they did also murder a guy to cover up what they did, and that was absolutely reprehensible, but in the story Bartle seems less worried about that than the Murph issue. In the scene with Sterling at the bar/brothel it seemed they were talking about Murph rather than the hermit. And WTF DID happen with Murph?
The verdict, I guess... A quick and effecting if not very satisfying read....more
Maybe I'm dumb but I didn't get it. I picked this up because Hiddles is going to be in the movie and I am very interested to see how it translates, buMaybe I'm dumb but I didn't get it. I picked this up because Hiddles is going to be in the movie and I am very interested to see how it translates, but... I had to push the entire time to get through. Maybe if I'd studied The Lord of the Flies I'd have a jumping off point. I tried to suspend disbelief in terms of the set up but I was plagued the entire time by a lack of credibility in what was going on and why. I feel like at the end, Laing came to come sort of resolution, in the way he thought everything was getting back to normal and he wanted to get back to work... They're going to set the movie in the 70s so I wonder, will the conflict make sense? I dunno. I'm looking forward to it, but with some trepidation....more
I liked this book a lot. Nothing really special in the story but I liked the language, the flavor of it. There's also some stThis is such a dude book.
I liked this book a lot. Nothing really special in the story but I liked the language, the flavor of it. There's also some strangely compelling descriptions of fighting in it? Like, I must have read other books where people fought, but with these descriptions I could really tell what was going on, and that jumped out. I also really liked reading about the culture and the feel of the Calexico/Mexicali desert. I can't imagine these peoples' reactions when Coachella rolls into the Imperial Valley every year.
I'll read the other Jimmy/Maves book. So many good lines, so many laugh out loud thoughts bouncing around in Jimmy's head....more
Reinforces the reason I'm so picky and snotty about my comedy: you have to be smart to be funny. BJ nails it.
There was a reading of "Julie and the WarReinforces the reason I'm so picky and snotty about my comedy: you have to be smart to be funny. BJ nails it.
There was a reading of "Julie and the Warlord" on NPR starting Alison Brie that got me interested in this book. It might have been on This American Life? Like everything else Brie does, it was perfect. Worth a listen AND worth a read....more